Dallas County shatters 1-day record by adding 2,842 new coronavirus cases; 23 deaths also announced

Dallas County reported a daily record of 2,842 coronavirus cases on Saturday, all of which were considered new. The county also reported 23 new COVID-19 deaths.

The case record shattered the previous daily record of 2,512 cases, which was announced on December 23.

14 Dallas residents are among the youngest victims. Three were women – one in their 30s and two in their 60s. The other eleven were men – three in their forties, three in their fifties, two in their sixties, two in their seventies, and one in their eighties.

The victims also included two people from Duncanville – a man in their forties and a woman in their sixties; two mesquite women in their 60s and 90s; two Irving residents – a man and a woman in their 70s; and a Sunnyvale man in his fifties, a DeSoto man in his sixties, and a Seagoville man in his sixties.

Eleven of the deceased were found at home, two lived in long-term care facilities, and one was found in a park.

“These deaths stretched over several weeks as the autopsies and other prerequisites for their investigation and announcement took some time to complete,” Clay Jenkins, a Dallas County judge, said in a written statement.

Jenkins repeated his advice to avoid crowds and gatherings to stop the community from spreading.

“Our actions today will determine where the numbers are two weeks from now,” he said.

Of the new cases reported on Saturday, 2,312 are confirmed and 530 are likely. The county now has 174,477 confirmed cases and 21,683 probable cases. The death toll is 1,651.

The county has stated that only positive antigen tests (sometimes called rapid tests) are counted as likely cases. Some antibody and household results were previously considered.

While other counties in north Texas are providing estimates of how many people have recovered from the virus, Dallas County officials do not report recoveries because the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not use this metric.

Health officials are using hospital stays, intensive care units and emergency rooms as key metrics to track the effects of COVID-19 in the county in real time. In the 24-hour period that ended December 31, 1,016 COVID-19 patients were receiving acute care in hospitals across the county. During the same period, 544 ER visits were made for symptoms of the disease.

The county reported that 5,971 school-age children at 756 different schools in Dallas County tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 30 days.

More than two-thirds of all confirmed cases that previously required hospitalization involved people under the age of 65, and diabetes was an underlying condition in about a third of all hospitalized patients, according to the district.

The county preliminary 7-day average for new confirmed daily and probable cases for the week ended December 19 was 1,787. According to the district, the number is calculated based on the date of the COVID-19 test collection.

Of the county’s total confirmed COVID-19 deaths, around 22% are attributable to long-term care facilities.

Nationwide data

Across the state, 4,482 more cases and 96 COVID-19 deaths were reported on Saturday. Texas has now reported a total of 1,777,246 cases and 27,867 deaths.

Of the new cases, 3,995 were confirmed and 487 were likely. The state has reported 1,568,034 confirmed cases and 209,212 probable cases.

There are 12,319 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals, including 3,714 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The nationwide average seven-day positivity rate for molecular tests, based on the date the sample was taken, was 20.51% on Friday. According to state health officials, using data based on when people were tested provides the most accurate rate of positivity.

For antigen tests, the positivity rate was 12.92% for the same period.

Doctors look at a lung CT image at a hospital in Xiaogan, China.

Tarrant County reported 3,361 coronavirus cases and 18 new deaths on Saturday.

Recent deaths include six Arlington residents – two women in their fifties and sixties and four men in their fifties, sixties, seventies and eighties; four Fort Worth residents – three men in their thirties, forties, and seventies and one woman in their nineties; two people from Mansfield – a woman in their 70s and a man in their 80s; two people from North Richland Hills – a woman in their 70s and a man in their 80s; and an Azle man in his 70s, a Grand Prairie man in his 80s; a man from Haltom City in his 70s; and a Sansom Park man in his 70s.

All but one of the victims had health problems, reported the district.

The newly reported cases bring the county’s total to 153,365, including 134,011 confirmed cases, 19,354 likely cases, and 110,335 recoveries. The death toll stands at 1,512.

1,399 people have been hospitalized with the virus, according to Thursday’s numbers on the county’s dashboard.

Collin county

The state added 619 coronavirus cases and four new COVID-19 deaths to Collin County’s total on Saturday. The county has now reported 50,012 cases and a death toll of 377.

Details of the latest victims were not available.

Of the new cases, 563 were confirmed and 56 were likely. Collin County has 44,734 confirmed cases and 5,278 probable cases. According to state data, the county has recorded 4,699 active cases and 40,035 recoveries.

The county’s coronavirus dashboard offers full hospital admissions only, now at 519.

Denton County

Denton County reported 610 coronavirus cases – 582 of which are active – and four new deaths on Saturday.

Recent deaths include a Frisco man in their seventies and three Lewisville residents – a woman in their sixties and a man and woman both over 80 years of age.

The newly reported cases bring the county’s total cases to 39,792, including 12,952 active and 26,622 recovered cases.

The death toll in the county stands at 218.

There are 944 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, the district reports.

Other counties

The Texas Department of Health has provided coverage for these other North Texas counties. In some countries, new data may not be reported every day.

The latest numbers are:

  • Rockwall County: 6,270 cases (5,208 confirmed and 1,062 likely), 54 deaths.
  • Kaufman County: 9,306 cases (8,125 confirmed and 1,181 likely), 124 deaths.
  • Ellis County: 13,261 cases (11,675 confirmed and 1,586 likely), 176 deaths.
  • Johnson County: 11,135 cases (9,872 confirmed and 1,263 likely), 162 deaths.

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